Mike Gundy going against his beliefs with quarterbacks?
Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday July 09, 2013
Posted by: Chris Vannini on July 9, 2013
Fall camp in college football isn't like it used to be.
With many players staying at school in the summer and staying in shape, players and coaches hit the ground running when fall comes around.
Mike Gundy joined SiriusXM College Sports Nation and compared his fall camp to the NFL.
"When we get back, we get everybody together. All the prepping and planning for August is completed," he said. "We get back and get them out there. The first few days are helmets only, which I've never really understood, because, in my opinion, it should be helmets and shoulder pads. We get the guys back in the flow of things.
"It's so different than it used to be years ago. When our players come back and report for camp, they've been there in June and July and are in great shape. Years ago, we used to come to football camp to start getting in shape. It's reduced and cut back more than it used to be, at least for us. It's a lot more like an NFL practice.
"We're trying to get them sharp mentally and get them prepared and keep them fresh, keep them healthy, pushing enough to get them in great shape and ready to go. It's different than it used to be. We don't practice nearly as long, we're not as physical as we used to be, even 6-8 years ago."
The biggest fall storyline for Oklahoma State will be the offensive changes. Mike Yurcich is the new offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach, coming from Shippensburg University.
Last season, three quarterbacks threw at least 130 passes after the position was hit with injuries, and all three completed more than 60 percent of their passes. Two are back, as Wes Lunt transferred to Illinois, and the question of who will be under center is still there.
Gundy said he may be going against his beliefs with his quarterback plans, at least early in the season.
"I've never been a big two-quarterback system coach. I'm not sure that that works," he said. "But we're fortunate they both bring something different to the table. They have great attitudes. The team, our chemistry is good because players like both of them. We plan on playing both guys. How much? I'm not sure. But both of them bring something different to the table."
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